The Case for Republican Impeachment
You can’t choose your enemies, but if they’re determined to fight, you can choose your ground.
Forty-seven percent of our population may forgive themselves for not knowing what their primary sources of information haven’t told them, but they’ll continue demanding Donald J. Trump be impeached for unknown high crimes and misdemeanors and assailing the honesty and intelligence of the other fifty-three percent until Trump’s gone. (And in a twist, Mike Pence lands in the White House. Democrats haven’t been this enthusiastic about a conservative Republican since millions of them voted for Ronald Reagan…)
Like it or not, we’re at war with ourselves, and won’t be satisfied until we’ve slugged it out. Half of us endorse the President, while the other half skirmish with him in the field of public discourse, (where he’s notably weak) paralyzing him and the country in the process, but our problems are too pressing for us to live with a politically crippled President until the next election:
6.3 BILLION of the world’s teeming masses live below the US poverty line. (That would be the vast majority of the humans living outside our borders.) Once they realize our borders are meaningless, they’ll cross them with impunity. Unless we reform our asylum policies the current unpleasantly large wave will become a tidal wave, a flood. (Instead of millions per year we’ll be catching and releasing millions per month.)
Lacking an agreed post Soviet enemy and leader, the Western World dithers while Putin’s Russia and the Mullahs in Iran divide us and sow chaos.
Our Federal overspending is less than a decade away from being irreversible, and without changing course we’ll solve the problem the way every country before us has — by printing money — and impoverishing all but the uber-rich.
But our (thus far) nonviolent civil war won’t end until a solid majority of us agree to lay down our verbal (thus far) arms. To do that we need to find common ground, and to do that we need to have common facts.
And to do that we need to impeach the President.
Trump surviving until the end of his term isn’t Trump “winning”, and since his enemies are determined to fight, the smartest thing Donald Trump can do is take a page from Sun Tzu — avoid the entangling grounds of Congressional committees, the narrow passes of the hostile media, and the dangerous heights of public debate — choose open, accessible ground, where the side with the strongest case will win, and be seen to have won.
Trump won’t win this fight by speaking, tweeting, or ignoring his opponents. His best chance to win (assuming he can) is through impeachment.
Forty-seven percent of us don’t know the same “Russian agents” who met with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Hillary Clinton just prior to and after meeting with the Trump group. Even were they not on the Clinton campaign’s payroll (they were) if Trump were guilty of colluding with “Russian agents”, wouldn’t Clinton be twice as guilty, since they were on her payroll, and she met with the same people — twice!
Forty-seven percent of us don’t know Carter Page, a political nonentity prior to 2015, who the CIA and FBI claim they “suspected” was a Russian agent, has been a covert CIA agent since leaving the US Navy. John Brennan instructed him to volunteer for Trump’s campaign so his CIA Russian contacts would give the FBI an excuse to surveil Donald Trump. Meaning the stated reason for the FBI’s surveillance and investigation of Donald Trump was a complete fabrication.
Forty-seven percent of us know Democrats plan to hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt of Congress for refusing to release the Mueller Report, but don’t know he’s offered them a 1.5% redacted version, the minimum redaction legally allowed. The reason forty-seven percent percent of us don’t know it is because our news comes from sites that withhold the truth.
The reason forty-seven percent of us cannot get over Donald J. Trump is because we get our facts primarily from authoritarian leftist sites like The New York Times, and Washington Post, Google, Facebook, and Medium, and the only way Trump will change the minds of many of those forty-seven percent is by putting the facts on display in a venue so public people who are still reasonable won’t be able to ignore them — the United States Senate.
Sometime this year (once Attorney General William Barr and the DOJ have uncovered the facts of Russiagate/Spygate) one-hundred-ninety-seven House Republicans must vote to impeach Donald J. Trump, and hope twenty-one rabid, gullible Democrats will vote with them, raising the curtain on a spectacle hundreds of millions of people will watch, many of whom will be astonished to learn the facts their favorite news sources have withheld.
Any source that refuses to cover it real-time will lose its audience, so television and the Internet will cover it wall to wall, uncensored and uncensorable. It will be bigger than the Superbowl, bigger than OJ’s trial. The world will see it, unaltered and unalterable, unedited and uneditable — because it will be live.
I’ll admit, the idea’s not without its risks:
The Democrats might not fall for it. Pelosi’s not stupid, but many Democrats are. Twenty-one votes appear within reach. (Almost all of their current twenty-one Democrat Presidential candidates have pledged to impeach the President.) Given the chance, should Democrats who’ve been preaching impeachment on a daily basis refuse to impeach, they’ll have to quit preaching.
If the House does impeach, Nancy Pelosi chooses which Members will present the case in the Senate, and they’ll be vicious partisans. It won’t matter, since impeachment is less a legal proceeding than appeal to public opinion. The Prosecuting Democrats and their methods too will be on trial.
By tradition, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who seems to care less about the Constitution than his legacy, will preside over the trial. But again, by tradition, majority vote allows the Senate to over-rule the Chief Justice, so Republican Mitch McConnell can run the trial as he sees fit.
He might be convicted. Only if he’s guilty. There are forty-five Democrats, two independents, and fifty-three Republicans in the Senate. Assume the Democrats, both independents, along with desperate-for-attention Ben Sasse, and desperate-to-position-himself-as-the-next-President Mitt Romney, ever-waffling Susan Collins and confused-and-confusing Lisa Murkowski vote to convict, we’re only at fifty-one votes. It takes sixty-seven to convict, so if the evidence isn’t there, Trump won’t be convicted — in this Senate.
But — he (actually lawyers of his choosing) will finally be able to defend himself in a venue beyond the media’s control, that will reach every voter in the country. His lawyers will be able to subpoena and cross examine witnesses. (Imagine them asking Carter Page what he does for the CIA and who ordered him to volunteer for Trump’s campaign.) and present documents now classified, since he can declassify them. (Imagine the public reaction to unredacted internal memos from the CIA, MI6, the FBI, and submissions to the FISA Court.) His lawyers will present facts (unknown to most) disproving accusations of wrongdoing by him and his Administration, but proving wrongdoing by the previous Administration, and ultimately the previous President, Barack Obama.
(Speaking of which…here’s the factual, but prescient Jan 2018 Medium post that induced Medium’s sister paragon of free internet speech, Facebook to freeze my account:) https://medium.com/@Penseur/the-post-why-now-11bbc4d3e0b2
It is urgent to our survival as a free nation that we impeach this President now (before the Republicans lose control of the Senate) and prove not just his innocence, but the previous President’s guilt; and shock the public into demanding an end to the Patriot Act, the abusive and abused excuse for the CIA, FBI, IRS and NSA to spy not just on Presidential candidates, but on all of us, and in particular on those of us who question them.
Our politicians and career civil servants are violating our fourth guaranteed right — the expectation of privacy in our communications and homes, in an effort to eliminate our first guaranteed right — the right to disagree with them, and vote for whomever we choose, no matter how objectionable they may find that person, or how irritating they may find us, or how frightening they may find our ideas — the very ideas that have been bought for us by the blood of Americans who came before us.
If they could and did spy on and attempt to ruin the President of the United States, they can and are spying on, and will attempt to ruin the rest of us who stand up to their bullying. Our freedoms haven’t been so abused since King George himself tried to dissolve our Colonial governments.
It’s time to put the genie of huge, intrusive and all-powerful government back in the bottle, and bury it so deep it will stay buried for another two hundred years.